Antarctica is the coldest, most desolate place on Earth, a land of barren mountains buried beneath a two-mile thick ice cap. Freezing winds batter its shores while week-long blizzards frequently sweep its glaciers.
Yet this icy vision turns out to be exceptional. For most of the past 100 million years, the south pole was a tropical paradise, it transpires.
\”It was a green beautiful place,\” said Prof Jane Francis, of Leeds University\’s School of Earth and Environment. \”Lots of furry mammals including possums and beavers lived there. The weather was tropical. It is only in the recent geological past that it got so cold.\”
Might be worth mentioning that there were two reasons as well.
1) Changes in the Earth\’s temperature.
2) Changes in the location of Antarctica.
For example, several hundred million years ago the reason that Antarctica was a tropical paradise what that it was in the tropics.
But no, we only get the Earth\’s temperature change, nothing about plate tectonics and continental drift. Hell, the theory\’s only 50 years old as a generally agreed one so why should any journalist have heard about it?